Journal article

Active Management of Environmental Water to Improve Ecological Outcomes

Avril C Horne, Simranjit Kaur, Joanna M Szemis, Alysson M Costa, Rory Nathan, J Angus Webb, Michael J Stewardson, Natashia Boland

JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT | ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Environmental water is being embraced by governments around the world as a means to partly restore rivers impacted by excessive river regulation and to protect those that are not yet overregulated. In cases where environmental water is provided as a water right, managers can make ongoing active management decisions regarding the timing and magnitude of environmental flows in response to changing conditions and understanding of environmental demands. Such active management should lead to improved environmental outcomes but also comes with a significant ongoing management cost when compared to rules-based environmental water releases. This study uses an optimization tool to examine the environ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Project LP130100174) and a number of partner agencies. We are also grateful for the interactions and discussions held with the Melbourne Water environmental flows team and scientific advisors. The water resource model data used for the study were generously provided by Melbourne Water.